Each week, WFAS handles a steady stream of calls and emails from people throughout the country about farmed animals in distress. We hear about chickens wandering NYC streets, baby chicks from “hatching projects,” neglected goats, abandoned rabbits, injured roosters, pigs about to be slaughtered, and on and on. No sanctuary, regardless of how large and well funded (we are neither), can take in all the animals in need. We stay at or close to capacity at all times.
When WFAS is unable to welcome a new resident, we still strive to help. Our small staff stays quite busy networking with other rescues organizations, supporters, pre-approved adoptive homes, and individuals to find safe, loving homes. We frequently consult (at no cost) with individuals on how to advocate for animals at risk, and we provide referrals and helpful resources.
You can help us by adopting a farmed animal … by spreading the word about the need for loving, lifetime homes … or by supporting us financially so we can continue these essential adoption efforts.
We believe that no animal wants to be the only one of his or her kind, so in general we only adopt out animals in pairs (or more) who are bonded or to a home where they will have the companionship of another. In addition, we never break up families or close buddies. If you’re interested in adopting please contact us or call 845-679-5955. Adoptions require a site visit to your home to be approved. In some case we may charge a modest adoption fee on a sliding scale.
Animals Available for Adoption
Below are just some of the animals for adoption at our sanctuary, please contact us or visit us for more details. We are able to help more animals in need when we find loving homes for adoptable animals at our shelter. We invite you to view or share our listings below and on Petfinder with other people who may wish to adopt!
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Isaac, Brandi and Erica
These three little piggies did NOT go to market. However, at the neglectful Hudson Valley farm where they were being raised, that fate was not far off. You can read their rescue story here. They are all siblings and we want to find them the perfect place to grow up as a family.
They seem to be in a competition to see who can be the friendliest, with a goal of being the most mischievous right there too.
A large egg factory in California was de-populating a flock of about 50,000 layer hens (an euphemism for gassing en masse and bulldozing them into the ground), but was willing to give away as many hens as sanctuaries could take. You can read the full story of how thousands were rescued here, and we’re now looking for the perfect forever homes for lots and lots of chickens.
Since the question is often asked, yes, these guys still do lay quite a few eggs, and even if you are vegan the eggs can be served to your dogs or donated to a local animal shelter.
Junior and Amelia — Junior came from miserable conditions at a very old, run down farm. Junior’s yard (and water) were frozen over, and the ground so slippery it was dangerous for him to navigate. He used a rock as his bed, and had no access to the indoors. He lived alone. The conditions were so bad that Junior surely would not have survived the winter if we had not come to his rescue.
Junior’s best buddy is Amelia, and she is super gregarious and friendly with humans.
HOWEVER – neither have acclimated well to life with the rest of our herd of pigs, so they’d be best off at a different loving home with a cozy bedded shed and spacious yard.
Bryan and Kath are Moulard ducks who were rescued from a foie gras factory farm and are inseparable. They are shy and keep away from the other ducks (except for attacking them sometimes (!), which makes them a good candidate for adoption. Bryan is protective of his lady and will hiss at you if you get too close, but is not at all aggressive toward people. These two keep their distance from the rest of the flock and would love to find a forever home.
If you can provide a loving home for any of the needy animals above, please fill out this form or call 845-679-5955. Thanks!